Q & A

Senator Warren Reintroduces Public Housing Restoration Bill

June 17, 2024    

Existing public housing stock faces a $70 billion backlog of repairs.

 

 

Funding Available to Address Health Hazards in Low-Income Housing

May 14, 2024    

HUD recently announced nearly $90 million available to reduce residential health hazards for low-income families, including lead-based paint hazards, carbon monoxide, mold, radon, fire safety, and asbestos. This initiative is part of President Biden’s Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan to...

Free Energy & Water Benchmarking Services Available Through HUD

April 12, 2024    

More than 700 properties have already signed up for the free service.

 

Recently, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs sent out information on HUD’s Energy and Water Benchmarking Service available for sites participating in HUD’s Multifamily project...

OIG: HUD Should Improve Oversight of Sites with Low Inspection Scores

March 12, 2024    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited HUD’s oversight of multifamily housing properties with failing Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) scores or life-threatening exigent health and safety (EHS) deficiencies. The objective of the audit was to determine whether HUD had...

HUD Finds Tennessee Owners Guilty of Disability, VAWA Noncompliance

March 12, 2024    

HUD recently announced that it has entered into a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) with HUD-funded Tennessee housing providers that will pay $50,000 in compensation to the aggrieved parties. The VCA resolves findings of noncompliance related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973...

JCHS Report Shows Record Levels of Renters Are Cost Burdened

February 13, 2024    

The share of low-rent units dropped from 22% of the stock to just 16% in the past decade.

 

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) recently released its biennial report on the state of rental housing in the United States (available...

HUD Publishes Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Supplemental Notice

January 12, 2024    

Owners will find more administrative flexibility within the GRRP rules.

 

 

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, HUD recently announced it’s awarding $173.9 million in new loans and grants under the Green and Resilient Retrofit...

HUD Issues 2024 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors

December 10, 2023    

The national average increase of the new OCAFs is 5.3 percent.

 

 

HUD recently announced the 2024 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs). These figures are used to adjust Section 8 rents under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of...

Top Management Challenges Facing HUD in FY 2024

December 10, 2023    

We highlight two areas of concern in the report.

 

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued its annual report summarizing what it considers the most serious management challenges facing the department. The report represents OIG’s independent...

HUD Expands Metro Areas Required to Use Small Area FMRs

November 13, 2023    

HUD recently announced that it will cover expanded housing and neighborhood choices for more than 800,000 total households using Housing Choice Vouchers to find and secure affordable housing. PHAs in an additional 41 metropolitan areas that cover more than 440,000 housing vouchers will now be...

White House Requests Funds to Extend Affordable Connectivity Program

November 13, 2023    

The White House recently made a formal request to Congress for $6 billion to extend the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP offers free or discounted high-speed internet to qualifying households. It provides a monthly internet discount...

HUD Charges Owner with Disability Discrimination

October 19, 2023    

The case shows how mishandling situations involving assistance animals could cost you.

 

HUD recently charged an owner with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing a resident’s request for a disability-related reasonable accommodation to keep an assistance animal...